Title

Gods Among Us

Date of Award

3-24-2014

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Joseph Hutchison

Keywords

Baseball, Basketball, and Football in Contemporary American Literature

Abstract

In American culture, many people condone the exorbitant salaries, cosseted treatment, and lawless behavior of professional athletes because of the deep roots of our infatuation with sports. This project contains four sections of an accompanying novel, which centers on the importance athletic games play in American culture and played in past cultures across the world. The work also features an analysis of the portrayal of baseball, basketball, and football in post-World War II American literature. This research focuses on an extensive review of original fiction and criticism regarding these games. Overall, the project explores the patterns in the depictions of baseball, basketball and football and examines, through interpretation, the core reasons behind America's consecration of these sports.

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